Northern Cape – Karoo

Map Karoo - Northern Cape

Northern Cape - Karoo

Where

The Karoo area of the Northern Cape stretches eastwards along the boundary with the Western Cape, the bounadary of the Eastern Cape and the boundary with the Free State Provinces in the south.  It then follows the boundary of the Northern Cape northwards along the provincial boundary past Kimberley.  The boundary then follows to the south of the N14 and then southwards to include the towns of Kenhardt, Carnarvon, and Victoria West. This area is often referred to as the Great Karoo region.

Ecology

This area can best be described as a semiarid region which is home to assorted succulents and low shrub bushes.  The vegetation is sparse and far apart.  There is no surface water present in this area, ie. rivers or dams.  Water is often pumped from underground water sources and windmills are a common sight throughout this area.  The semiarid characteristic of this area resulted in the region deriving its name from the Khoisan word meaning 'land of thirst'.

The area is known for its sheep farming, and although large game is not abundant in this region, it does have a large variety of smaller mammals.  The Riverine Rabbit is endemic to this part of the world, but is sadly on the brink of extinction due to habitat loss.  This region was also once known to home to large herds of Quagga, but sadly these distinctively coloured antelopes became extinct.

Roads

Main national transport routes connecting  the city of Cape Town via Bloemfontein, Johannesburg and Pretoria up to the border with Zimbabwe, run through this area.  The main road N1 and main rail routes bisect this area from north east to south west.   None the less, the distances between towns in this area are enormous due to its sparse population.

Star Gazing

The area is part of the Great Escarpment, which is a large high-lying plateau.  The town of Sutherland, located north of the N1 highway through the Verlatenkloof Pass, is reputed to be the coldest town in South Africa with average minimum temperatures of -6 degrees during winter.  Snowfalls are also a common sight in Sutherland in winter.  The South Africa Astronomical Observatory built its Southern African Large Telescope, the largest optical telescope in the southern Hemisphere, just 20km outside of the town.  Further north-west, outside the town of Carnarvon, the SKA (Square Kilometer Array) is located. This project currently consists of seven radio dishes which scan and document our galaxy and our Milky Way.  This area is the ideal location for astronomical observatories as there are clear skies, an absence of artificial lights and high altitudes.  Also, the area is techtonically completely inactive, meaning that it is not prone to earthquakes.

Towns and Villages

The driest part of this region is located towards the southwestern corner.  Here the region receives less than 75mm of rainfall annually.  This area is called the Tankwa Karoo.  The Karoo area is also home to the independent state of Orania, a self-proclaimed Afrikaner volkstaat, and Hopetown, the first town that was established on the news of the first recorded diamond find, are also located within this region.

What to expect

This region offers visitors vast plains, endless vistas, majestic mountains, crystal-clear air and interesting natural and historical sites.  The Karoo invites its visitors to take a step off the beaten track and explore the area on foot, on horseback, on a mountain bike or in a 4x4 vehicle.

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Northern Cape - Karoo

Listing of Camp and Caravan Sites

Below is a listing of camping and caravan sites in the Karoo Region of the Northern Cape Province.
Hover your mouse over the image and you will find the contact details of the camp site.
Britstown Caravan Park - Britstown

Britstown Caravan Park

053-672-0003
www.petfriendly.co.za/index.php/northern-cape/256-britstown

Broadwater Estate - Douglas

Broadwater

broadwater@vodamail.co.za
053-531-1363
www.broadwater.co.za

Die Sandgat - Orania

Die Sandgat

liberwalt@telkomsa.net
084-200-1164
www.facebook.com/Sandgat

Doornkloof Nature Reserve - Colesberg

Doornkloof Nature Reserve

051-753-1315
www.northern-cape-info.co.za///doornkloof-nature-reserve

Duin in die Weg - Gariep

Duin in die Weg

duinindieweg@gmail.com
054-741-0167
www.duinindieweg.co.za

Joalani - Victoria West

Joalani

deklerk.m64@gmail.com
049-851-9211
www.goingwhere.co.za/joalani

Kambro - Britstown

Kambro

Online booking
053-672-0408
www.kambroaccom.co.za

Kimberley Caravan Park - Kimberley

Kimberley Caravan Park

053-833-3581
www.kimberley.co.za/places/kimberley/free/kimberley-caravan-park

Melton Wold - Victoria West

Melton Wold

info@meltonwold.co.za
053-621-1912
www.meltonwold.co.za

Onze Rust - Colesberg

Onze Rust

prv1@xninet.co.za
082-768-0616
www.onzerustghandcaravanpark.co.za

Palm Caravan Park - Kimberley

Palm Caravan Park

053-861-1124
www.goingwhere.co.za/pal001

Paradise Guest Farm - Victoria West

Paradise Guest Farm

karooparadise@gmail.com
082-094-8880
www.visitvictoriawest.co.za

River Destiny Lodge - Colesberg

River Destiny

info@riverdestiny.co.za
051-753-0203
www.riverdestiny.co.za

Riverside Country Club - Kimberley

Riverside Country Club

riversidecountryclub@absamail.co.za
082-924-3075
www.kimberley.co.za///riverside-country-club-and-caravan-park

Rolfontein - Kimberley

Rolfontein Campsite

053-664-0170
www.wheretostay.co.za/topic/4524-rolfontein-nature-reserve

Rooidam - Britstown

Rooidam

ajraath@fastail.fm
084-491-0142
www.rooidamcottages.co.za

Saaiplaas - Sutherland

Saaiplaas

Online booking
023-551-1817
www.saaiplaas.co.za

Skurweberg Bush Camp - Sutherland

Skurweberg

skurwekop@roggeveld.co.za
023-571-2728
www.skurwebergguestfarm.com

Sterland Caravan Park - Sutherland

Sterland

info@sutherlandinfo.co.za
023-571-1481
www.sutherlandinfo.co.za/sterland-caravan-park/

Stofkraal Guest Farm - Sutherland

Stofkraal

Online booking
023-100-0948
www.discoversutherland.co.za/accommodation/entry/stofkraal_guestfarm

Tankwa Karoo Biesjesfontein - Sutherland

Biesjesfontein

Online booking
021-428-9111
www.sanparks.org/parks/tankwa

Tankwa Karoo Langkloof - Sutherland

Tankwa Karoo - Langkloof

Online booking
021-428-9111
www.sanparks.org/parks/tankwa

Tankwa Karoo Oom Rickert se huis - Sutherland

Tankwa Karoo - Oom Rickert se huis

Online booking
021-428-9111
www.sanparks.org/parks/tankwa

Tankwa Karoo Perdekloof - Sutherland

Tankwa Karoo - Perdekloof

Online booking
021-428-9111
www.sanparks.org/parks/tankwa

Tankwa Karoo Pyperseboom - Sutherland

Tankwa Karoo - Pyperseboom

Online booking
021-428-9111
www.sanparks.org/parks/tankwa

Tankwa Karoo Skaapwagterspos - Sutherland

Tankwa Karoo - Skaapwagterspos

Online booking
021-428-9111
www.sanparks.org/parks/tankwa

Tankwa Karoo Steenkamphoek - Sutherland

Tankwa Karoo - Steenkampshoek

Online booking
021-428-9111
www.sanparks.org/parks/tankwa

Tankwa Karoo Volmoesfontein - Sutherland

Tankwa Karoo - Volmoesfontein

Online booking
021-428-9111
www.sanparks.org/parks/tankwa

Van Zylsvlei B&B - Colesberg

Van Zylsvlei

info@vanzylsvlei.oc.za
051-753-0589
www.vanzylsvlei.co.za

Vanderkloof Holiday Resort - Orania

Vanderkloof

gert@vdk.co.za
053-664-0198
www.showme.co.za/tourism/the-vanderkloof-dam-northern-cape-province

Verlatenkloof - Sutherland

Verlatenkloof

info@verlatenkloof.co.za
023-572-1085
www.verlatenkloof.co.za

Victoria West Caravan Park - Victoria West

Victoria West Caravan Park

053-621-0026

We are constantly on the lookout for more camping sites in this area.

Please let us know if we are missing any camping sites, and we will include them in our listings. You can send us an email at
info@ikamu.co.za 

Please note that we are not responsible for bookings at any of the sites listed above.

The Ikamu website offers a listing of camping sites in the region.  We do not take any responsibility should the camp site information become inaccurate or incomplete.  Ikamu also does not take any responsibility for any poorly managed camp sites or camping facilities.

This webpage was designed by an enthusiastic camper who wants to enable other campers to find their ideal camping site.